Golden Opportunity: Remarkable Careers That Began at McDonald's

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Golden Opportunities is a collection of over two dozen profiles of people who launched their very successful careers with McDonalds. The book also includes 12 key “principles for success” that led to such remarkable careers as Katie Kouric’s, Jay Leno’s, and Jeff Bezos’. All of these individuals started their job path based on the foundations of their first job at their hometown McDonald’s. Author, Cody Teets, Vice President of McDonald’s and VP/general manager of the Rocky Mountain Region, also made her way up ...

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Overview

Golden Opportunities is a collection of over two dozen profiles of people who launched their very successful careers with McDonalds. The book also includes 12 key “principles for success” that led to such remarkable careers as Katie Kouric’s, Jay Leno’s, and Jeff Bezos’. All of these individuals started their job path based on the foundations of their first job at their hometown McDonald’s. Author, Cody Teets, Vice President of McDonald’s and VP/general manager of the Rocky Mountain Region, also made her way up from crew member to corporate office.

What do 20 million Americans have in common with Tonight Show host Jay Leno, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, actress Andie MacDowell, and former White House chief of staff Andrew Card?

They all started their working careers at a McDonald’s restaurant, learning some of the most important lessons of their lives. Golden Opportunity is a myth-busting collection of 44 profiles of people who went from flipping burgers to building remarkable careers in business, the arts, politics, science, the military, and sports.

Over the past six decades, millions of teens have earned their first paychecks under the Golden Arches. Whether they stayed for a year or a career, they learned work habits, basic skills, and the business principles that have made McDonald’s one of the best-run companies in the world.

Their journeys remind us that at the beginning of every success story there is the first paycheck from the first “real” job. That first job is not a dead end, it is a young person’s rite of passage into adult responsibility. The author’s compelling personal story—growing up in modest circumstances with a strong work ethic—gives a unique voice to the experiences of leading entrepreneurs, entertainment figures, and others who represent a cross section of American enterprise. They recall what they learned in their first jobs at McDonald’s and how those lessons helped them build their remarkable careers.

Including a foreword by Willard Scott—the original Ronald McDonald—and the 10 Golden Opportunity Keys to Success, this collection of stories will leave you wondering what today’s burger flippers will achieve tomorrow.

Visit GoldenOpportunityBook.com to learn more and share your own story.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A tepid mix of micro-biographies and life lessons, Teets, McDonald’s vice president and general manager of the Rocky Mountain region, brings together such personalities as Jay Leno, Andie MacDowell, and Jeff Bezos to highlight careers that began with “flipping burgers.” Most of those included, however, are not celebrities, though each is granted a chapter detailing his or her career at McDonald’s, work experience, and the life lessons acquired. Perhaps because of this general anonymity, it’s actually the former employees’ anecdotes about McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc that stand out. Whether it is the image of Kroc “scraping the gum off the asphalt” or when he “rolled up the sleeves of his white dress shirt,... picked up trash and hosed away milkshake spills,” memories of Kroc and his lessons evince the drive and obsession he instilled throughout the company. The book is arranged chronologically by the decade each person started working at McDonald’s and, as the focus skews more toward the personalities profiled than anything unique relating to McDonald’s, it feels predictably erratic. Many of the profiles are only three or four pages long, so one can easily leaf through at random to read some excerpt about a person of interest, but the book suffers from its lack of unifying theme. (Aug.)
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"For Leno, Bezos and company, [their] teen apprenticeships taught them lessons that have lasted a lifetime. Golden Opportunity ... [makes] ... McDonalds’ distinctive culture come alive — in ways that can benefit anyone trying to plan a career, get a big company back on track, or parent a teenager. " - George Anders, Forbes.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604332797
  • Publisher: Cider Mill Press
  • Publication date: 7/16/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 509,536
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Cody R. Teets began her remarkable career in 1980 at a McDonald’s restaurant in Denver, Colorado. Today she is vice president and general manager of the Rocky Mountain region for McDonald’s USA, responsible for nearly 800 restaurants. Tired of the McJob jokes and derogatory portrayals, Cody Teets has turned a popular misconception upside down with overwhelming evidence—stories of people who started out flipping burgers and went on to excel in a variety of fields and professions.

She lives in the Denver area with her husband, Dan, and her two sons, Colton and Jackson.

Profits from the sale of this book are being donated to Ronald McDonald House.

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  • Posted August 15, 2012

    This book is amazing! What wonderful and exciting careers have

    This book is amazing! What wonderful and exciting careers have started
    at McDonalds. To read how so many different people joined McDonald's
    and the impact it had on their lives is quite inspiring. Thank you for
    a great book and sharing the wonderful stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    This is a really interesting book that shows just how talented p

    This is a really interesting book that shows just how talented people really are. It is fascinating that so many diverse and famous people, such as Jeff Bezos, Andie McDowell, and Jay Leno all started their working lives at the Golden Arches. There are a lot of lessons to be learned about the value of hard work, teamwork, and dedication to being successful in this book. A great read!

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Highly Entertaining. You don't have to be all that special to su

    Highly Entertaining.
    You don't have to be all that special to succeed.
    Success is really about common place people doing interesting things they LOVE to do.
    Frank

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Eye opener...will change your perspective of the golden arches.

    Eye opener...will change your perspective of the golden arches. Amazing life stories that will inspire you!

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Easy, fun read that strengthened my perspective around McDonalds

    Easy, fun read that strengthened my perspective around McDonalds. I would recommend just to see how McDonald's effected influential people.

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